The National Mining Hall of Fame held its 30th Annual National Mining Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the Pinnacle Club, Grand Hyatt Hotel, Denver, CO.
This prestigious event honors the prospectors, miners, geologists, engineers, financiers, rascals, educators, innovators, and social activists who have been leaders and visionaries in the mineral and mining industry. Induction into the National Mining Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award and one of the highest honors in the industry. Those chosen for induction are recognized for their significant and lasting contributions that have resulted in moving the mining sector forward in areas such as mine operations, sustainability, reclamation, corporate social responsibility, business acumen, discovery of new ore bodies, advocacy and public policy, and introductions of new theories and methods that have led to new technologies, equipment, and products improving mine and worker safety. There are currently 240 inductees.
Each year, the NMHF also presents The Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award. The award is given to an individual or entity that has demonstrated ongoing, innovative programming educating the public about the importance of the minerals and mining to our everyday lives.This year, the Boy Scouts of America received the award for their Mining in Society Merit Badge.
This year's banquet featured a special tribute to Gary Prazen, founder of Original Creations, Inc. and a world-renowned sculptor who captured the proud, hard-working culture of miners and honored the role mining has played in our country's history. Gary created the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award and was an enthusiastic supporter of the museum.
Additionally, the NMHFM Board of Directors recognized John "Duff" Erickson, retired member of the Board of Governors, for over 30 years of service to the hall of fame and museum.